Fresh Corruption Charges Against Zahid

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Former Deputy Prime Minister expected to face fresh graft charges in the next two days.

Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court tomorrow and the Shah Alam Sessions court on Thursday, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today.

In a statement, MACC said it had obtained the green light from the Attorney-General’s Office to charge Zahid.

He will face 33 charges under Section(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption-Commission Act (MACC) where he is accused of bribery.

The remaining seven charges are under Section 165 of the Penal Code, relating to corruption.

The statement said Zahid was arrested about 10 am yesterday at the MACC headquarters after he turned up to complete the final investigation process against him on corruption involving the Overseas Visa System.

He was later released on an MACC bail.

To date, the Umno leader has already been slapped with 47 charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), receiving gratification and money laundering.

Zahid was first charged in October last year with 45 counts of CBT involving RM20.83 million, receiving RM21.25 million in gratification as the then home affairs minister, and laundering RM72.07 million in funds.

Of the 45 charges, 10 concerned CBT amounting to more than RM20.8 million of Yayasan Akal Budi funds on various occasions between 2014 and 2016.

In December, Zahid was charged with another count of CBT involving RM10 million of the foundation’s funds from three years ago.

On Feb 20 this year, he was again subjected to a fresh count of CBT in relation to the alleged abuse of Yayasan Akal Budi funds.